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February 22, 2013

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­using a shotgun to shoot a puppy on Cleveland’s East Side.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On Monday, someone shot a 3-month-old pit bull-type puppy in the face on Cleveland’s East Side. A Cleveland animal control officer found the injured animal after responding to a call reporting the cruelty in the 12700 block of Gay Avenue. The brown-and-white puppy underwent surgery at the Family Pet Clinic and was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Kennel, which released her to the care of the Public Animal Welfare Society.  The puppy’s foster home provider will give her a name.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“A person who could look into the eyes of an innocent puppy and shoot her four times in the face is a person who can be a danger to other animals, and to the community at large,” said Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “We hope our reward helps find the person responsible for this crime, and that no innocent animal has to face such heartbreaking abuse ever again.”

The Investigators: Cleveland Animal Control is investigating. Anyone with information on who owned or shot the dog is asked to call Chief Humane Officer Jed Mignano at 216-377-1630.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn. To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: 240-751-0232; [email protected]

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Article source: HSUS

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